John O’Connell is a lawyer, Commercial Pilot (Single-Multi Engine Land and Sea with Instrument Rating) and an experienced scuba diver (certified advanced open water) who has been litigating general aviation cases, scuba diving, personal injury and complex product liability cases for the past thirty-six years. He has over 36 years of experience handling commercial aircraft, small plane and helicopter crash litigation.
John has been scuba diving since 1978 and started litigating SCUBA diving cases in 1991 when a newly married couple from Massachusetts went to Hawaii for their honeymoon and the new groom died while taking an introductory SCUBA experiential course. Since that time he has worked on numerous SCUBA diving and rebreather accident cases in Florida, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, California and New Hampshire. In 2016 he was lead counsel in a SCUBA diving death case in Hawaii and ultimately recovered over 2.2 million dollars for his client.
Most recently in 2017 he was trial counsel in another drowning death case brought when bad weather confronted snorkelers with 12 foot seas that settled for an undisclosed amount. John is available for consultation and referral of aviation, maritime and dive injury cases in Colorado, Hawaii, Florida and Massachusetts as well as other jurisdictions on a pro hac vice basis.
He is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Florida, Hawaii and Massachusetts and is also a member of the Federal Bar for the 1st (District of Massachusetts), 9th (Hawaii), 10th (Colorado), and 11th (S.D. Florida) Federal Circuit Courts. He has been admitted to several federal jurisdictions on a pro hac vice basis.
In addition to multiple state and federal admissions he is also licensed as a patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. O’Connell started his career at the Boston law firm of Parker, Coulter, Daley and White where he got his start working on aviation, products, medical products, car accidents and personal injury cases.
He founded his own law firm in Massachusetts in 1986, in Florida in 2004 and has now joined the Colorado law firm of Lee, Meyers and O’Connell, LLP as a founding partner. In addition to his undergraduate training at Salem State University, he was a chemistry major at Oregon State University, studied physics, chemistry, computer science at various colleges and universities, and has taken master’s level courses in computer systems design and analysis at Boston University.
Mr. O’Connell now restricts his practice to the preparation and trial of personal injury cases.
He is also available as trial co-counsel for personal injury matters in Colorado, Hawaii, Florida and Massachusetts and can make pro hac vice arrangements nationwide.
Sanghun Lee, Esq. was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. He speaks both Korean and English. He graduated in 2001 from the University of Colorado at Boulder Campus with a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications and 2004 from the University of Denver College of Law. He was a staff member of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy and a research Assistant for Professor John T. Soma.
He also researched and wrote an article entitled “Residential Broadband Service by Wireless,” featured on University Colorado Telecom program website. Sanghun Lee, Esq. worked at a personal injury law firm from 2004 until 2014 when he became a founding partner of Lee, Myers & O’Connell, LLP. For the last ten years, Sanghun Lee has managed the Korean team and has represented approximately one thousand clients in recovering over 17 million dollars for their losses arising out of auto, truck, motorcycles and product defect accidents.
In addition, Sanghun Lee is a member of the Sister Cities International organization in Aurora, Colorado. Aurora has a sister city relationship with Seongnam, South Korea. Lee, Myers & O’Connell supports events and projects between the two cities, including student youth exchanges and other cross-cultural experiences.
Colorado First Judicial District Court Judge L. Thomas Woodford hired Brett Myers as a law clerk intern in 2003. Brett continued to work as a law clerk until the City of Lakewood hired him as a municipal prosecutor in 2006. Later, Brett went on to teach American law at the University of Yeungnam in South Korea for a year. Before Mr. Myers began practicing personal injury law with John O’Connell and Sang Lee, he practiced civil law, including civil litigation, commercial law and real property law.
Mr. Myers currently serves on the board of directors for the Korean Academy of Colorado, a school that teaches Korean language and culture to Korean-Americans, Korean-American adoptees, and others who have a special connection to the Korean community. Mr. Myers is proficient in the Korean language. He has studied in France and South Korea with people from all over the world. He has also studied French and Spanish. Mr. Myers is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Colorado Bar Association and the Catholic Lawyers Guild.
Brett Myers is a personal injury attorney. As a person injury attorney, his practice focuses on car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents as well as insurance bad faith, uninsured motorist cases and under-insured motorist cases. Most importantly, he is passionate about helping people who do not speak English as their first language with personal injury matters.
Brett graduated law school in 2003 from Denver University College of Law. While in law school, Colorado First Judicial District Court Judge L. Thomas Woodford hired Brett as a law clerk intern in 2003. After graduating law school, Brett worked as a law clerk for Judge Woodford. Then the City of Lakewood hired him as a municipal prosecutor in 2006. Later, Brett went on to teach American law at the University of Yeungnam in South Korea for a year. Before Brett began practicing personal injury law with John O’Connell and Sang Lee, he practiced civil law, including civil litigation, commercial law and real property law.
Brett currently serves as secretary to the board for the Korean Academy of Colorado after serving the board as president for several years, a school that teaches Korean language and culture to Korean-Americans, Korean-American adoptees, and others who have a special connection to the Korean community. He also serves on the board for St. Anna’s Home, an assisted living facility in Aurora, facilitated by the Sisters of Charity Korean Chapter.
Brett is proficient in the Korean language and is studying Spanish. Before law school, he has studied French at the Catholic University of the West in Angers, France. While teaching law at Yeungnam University, Brett studied Korean in the language school.
Jonathan Wynne is an Associate in the Boston office. Jonathan clerked with the firm’s Aurora, Colorado office for two years. Jonathan is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and focuses his practice on automobile collisions, slip and falls, and insurance bad faith.
Jonathan earned his law degree at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Prior to joining Lee, Myers & O’Connell, he interned in Denver District Court, where is served on a Domestic docket with Judge Sheila Rappaport and in Probate Court with Judge Elizabeth Leith and Magistrate Ruben Hernandez.
He interned with the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Denver, where he assisted on housing discrimination enforcement actions. He primarily researched and briefed issues concerning Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Jonathan also interned with Metro Volunteer Lawyers, a pro bono family law clinic in the metro Denver region.
Jonathan is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers (MATA) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Jonathan earned his bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. He began his career working with 401(k) and pension plans at Vanguard during the height of the 2008 financial crisis. Jonathan completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2011 and is a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan.
Jean Ellis is an Associate at the Aurora office. Jean is licensed to practice law in Colorado and focuses her practice on personal injury litigation. Jean earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder and her legal degree at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
Jean interned with the district attorney's office in Forsyth County in North Carolina as well as Housing Rights, Inc., an organization committed to eradicating housing discrimination, in Berkeley California. She also practiced employment discrimination and premise liability law in Cherry Creek, Colorado before joining Lee, Myers & O'Connell.
Before attending law school, Jean worked as a programmer for Guardian Mortgage Documents. She enjoys yoga, fantasy football, cooking, and attending theater at the DCPA in her free time.